The Lilac Road Bridge crossing Interstate 15 north of Escondido. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The stretch of Interstate 15 from Gopher Canyon Road in North County to Interstate 215 in Murrieta suffers the 10th worst congestion in the United States, according to a new study.

INRIX Roadway Analytics said the 19-mile stretch experienced 54 traffic jams in March and April this year with an average duration of three hours.

Overall, San Diego ranked 14th in congestion, well behind Los Angles — number one — San Francisco and even Portland,  but the severity of the I-15 backups stood out.

“Per capita, Angelenos were most affected by traffic jams but Stamford, San Francisco and San Diego had the most severe traffic jams, although fewer of them,” according to the study.

The study praised the SANDAG TransNet program as an example of an important local effort to improve mobility.

“Many cities are calling for increased transportation infrastructure spending to fix ailing roads, bridges and transit networks,” said Bob Pishue, senior economist at INRIX. “By identifying traffic hotspots and analyzing their root causes, cities can effectively combat congestion and maximize present and future investments.”

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.